You know how important it is to take care of your car, and one of the most important things to take care of is your tires because, after all, they support your vehicle. But there are a few things to consider to maintain your tires throughout the year.
Spring Is Here
Depending where you live, spring usually brings a little rain, making it imperative that your tires are in good condition. You should make sure that your tire treads are in perfect condition to increase grip, as rain will make the road slippery. Insert a penny into the tread of your tire in various places, and make sure that you cannot see Lincoln's head. You may need your tires changed should you see Lincoln's head, as your tire treads are inadequate and could put your car in danger during the Spring season.
You should remember that reports have shown that worn tires can be a factor in vehicular accidents.
The summer brings heat, which adds pressure to your tires; this is in addition to the heat naturally created by friction when you drive. You should know that for every 10 degrees of heat, the pressure in your tires will increase by one pound. The following are some of the issues that could occur if you do not monitor this heat-related change in your tires:
- The walls of your tires might crack, so look for them around the wall of your tires. Change your tires if you see them.
- Overinflated tires might wear out the tread on your tires, which could put you in danger of a blow out.
Talk to your tire specialist before summer starts and during to monitor the condition of your tires.
Autumn may bring more rain or wind depending where you live. You can use the rain suggestions in the spring session. Strong winds may sweep debris onto the street, which means that your tires should be ready to resist shocks.
You should make sure there are no cracks on the tires and that your tires are perfectly inflated.
Remember the report above regarding accidents? Well, that report also mentioned that under-inflated tires may play a factor in automobile accidents as well. Cold temperatures do the exact opposite to the pressure in your tires, meaning that for every 10 degree drop, your tires will loose one 1 pound of pressure per square inch.
So, besides switching to winter tires or all-terrain tires, you should make sure that your tires are properly inflated frequently during winter. Be sure that you talk to your tire specialist about other things that you can do to make sure that you keep your tires in good condition throughout the 4 seasons.
To learn more, contact a tire company like Collier Goodyear Car Care Center.